Getting Your Child To Drink More Water

The health benefits of substituting soft drinks for water are endless. Make sure your child chooses the healthier option

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16Jan

According to Livestrong.com, the body loses about eight cups of water throughout the day and if not replaced, this could lead to dehydration. This presents itself as thirst, headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps and a dry mouth.

"Soda does not replace the water you lose, and caffeinated sodas can actually make dehydration worse by increasing urine production. If you do drink soda, drink an extra glass of water for every soda," the health website explains.

Dr William Sears, American author and pediatrician, has three tips to help you get your child drinking more water.

 · Make water easily accessible: Place bottled water or pitchers of water around your house, especially in the kitchen, bedrooms and family room. This gives your children the message that when they're thirsty, they should reach for a glass of water.

· Flavour or fizz: While you want your children to get in the habit of drinking plain water, they will always love juice. They can still have their favourites – just dilute them by mixing three parts water with one part 100% fruit juice. Add a squirt of lemon juice or a wedge of lemon, lime or orange to water to add flavour.

· Take it to go: Always bring a bottle of water on car rides, family walks and other outings.

 Another easy way to increase water intake is to get them eating fruits with a high water content, such as watermelons, strawberries, pineapples and oranges.